Art Painitng

The painting seems to anticipate the impressionist movement 250 years away. Historically, the striking use of such rich tones of violet, azure, and emerald were dramatically different from the realist conception of nature. In fact, one could argue that El Greco mimicked the "almost psychedelic hues" from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel(Web Museum). Today, these bold color schemes lose much of their impact; however, historically, they were a watershed in painting(Acton 82). The idea behind this landscape of Toledo was to announce the city's greatness. The painting was intended to propagate the cities place among other great Spanish Cities. The painting itself is not a true topographical representation of Toledo(Wethey 64). El Greco took some liberty in his placement of the dominant structures. In reality, the belfry of the cathedral would be far to the right and beyond the paintings field of view. Furthermore, he has distorted the steepness of the alcazar's hill and the river Tagus has moved to the right of it's actual location(Brown 244). Past the ancient Roman bridge Alcantara, three mysterious building

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